Typhoon victims helped by school

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TYPHOON victims are being helped by musical Bognor Regis students.

The 1,300 pupils at The Regis School spent three weeks working on a song to help those whose lives were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The result is a homegrown version of Band Aid’s classic fundraiser Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Every student was recorded in the school’s studio.

The resulting track, Do They Know It’s Christmas – The Regis School 2013, is available to download via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify.

All proceeds go to Unicef’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

Year-11 student Ellie Kingdon said: “It’s such an amazing achievement. I’m very proud to be part of the whole process and it’s a bonus that it’s for charity.

“Overall, it was a wonderful and eye-opening experience.”

Sixth-form student Maria Wayne, said in an open letter: “We feel very strongly about this cause. We are incredibly proud of this achievement and would like to encourage people to download our record.

“The more people who do, the greater the chance we have of really making a difference.”

Tracey George, the school’s team leader for music, said: “Everyone has worked really hard and is very proud of the track.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of our keen and talented students.”

A bonus for those involved in the track was its first place success in the Spirit FM Xmas Factor competition. This saw £250 donated to the appeal.